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Rev. Thurmond Coleman Sr., 1926-, Louisville, KY. He was named pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, Ky., in 1955, and served 45 years as the head of his congregation. He spent 16 years as the longest-serving member of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights before retiring in 2008. Rev. Coleman supported the creation of the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame to honor those who had fought for human rights in Kentucky. He helped the Human Rights Commission investigate and settle thousands of civil rights cases involving housing, employment, public accommodations and financial transactions during his tenure on the board and he supported the Commission's efforts to help other civil rights entities. He was a staunch supporter, worker and/or leader of civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, PRIDE, the Kentucky Alliance and the Justice Resource Center.
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